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Prominent Organizer with Alianza Agricola Detained

As a follow up to the news that a prominent farmworker organizer was detained we are now able to make public that it was Carlos Cardona, the Alianza Agrícola co-founder and co-president and a dairy worker in our area for over 10 years.

On the evening of Thursday, August 30th, Carlos was pulled over by Attica police and turned over to Border Patrol for not having a valid driver’s license. He is now being held at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia, NY, facing deportation and separation from his three-year-old daughter and wife. Carlos is a prominent organizer with Alianza Agricola and part of the statewide campaign Green Light Driving Together, an effort to expand access to driver’s licenses for all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status. He is originally from Guatemala and has been living in the United States with family for a decade.

The day Carlos was detained, August 30th, was also his daughter’s 3rd birthday. Rather than joy and celebration, the family was torn apart, her father criminalized for nothing other than coming to the U.S. to work hard and provide for his family. Ironically, that same day was the NYS Fair’s themed “Dairy Day” and Carlos’ boss was in Syracuse with dairy farmers from across the state celebrating the industry.

The irony doesn’t stop there. Today is Labor Day, and members from the Alianza Agricola and thousands of other undocumented immigrant workers are in the milk parlors and in the fields working long shifts in the extreme heat and without any overtime or vacation pay as if it were just any regular day. In an interview with Carlos from detention last night, he reminds us, “we’re not complaining about that. We just want to be able to get a license to be able to drive if we need to go to the doctor or so that we can buy fresh healthy food each week.” Carlos isn’t a criminal. His only “crime” was to come to the U.S. to work hard and help provide for his family. There are two ways you can help: 1) support them through the nightmare they are experiencing and donate funds for the legal and other expenses this will incur for his family, and 2) demand executive action from Governor Cuomo to expand licenses to all immediately and stop the deportation pipeline that is separating NY’s immigrant families simply because they don’t have an NYS ID.

Please donate to this GoFundMe Page that has been set up to support his wife and child: http://bit.ly/familysupportneeded.

In addition to financial support for his family, we are expecting that if Carlos is able to be released on bond it will be set at the exorbitant price of $10,000. Any donations that you can give are very much appreciated – as well as sharing with your family/friends/networks.

And thank you to all who have already donated and shared this campaign! Almost $2,500 has been raised by 50 people in just two days!

#AlianzaAgricola
#ImmigrantRights
#ImmigrantNY
#RRRN
#GreenlightNY

Update on Dolores 5/10/18

May 8, 2018 Court for Dolores Bustamante Synopsis by Lory Ghertner
A judge has denied Dolores’s asylum case today [05/08/18] based on the simple fact that an asylum case must be presented within 365 days of entry into the US. In brief, her asylum case was based on two factors:
  1. Domestic violence with the claim that her protected “ social group” was defined as Mexican women who cannot escape violence of a husband. (https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/refugees-asylum/asylum ) Because she was only in a civil union, the judge did not recognize her case under that theory.
  2. Gang violence and/or the refusal to join a gang. Her claim was based on the murder of her son with two friends after being kidnapped and tortured. Neither Dolores nor Miriam could name a gang, which murdered three people. Because there was no “proof” or clear evidence of gang involvement that theory was also dropped.

Dolores was on the stand being questioned by her lawyer for over two hours, followed by ~5 minutes of cross examination by the government’s attorney, who used the above arguments to ruin Dolores’ claim of asylum. Then her daughter, Miriam, quite bravely, was on the stand for 15 minutes with no cross examination. This was followed by a similar experience with her Pastor, Milton Irizzary. In his ruling, the judge actually blamed Dolores for not leaving an abusive relationship and essentially for her son’s death. He also referred to a 2017 study from the Department of State, showing that Mexico now has laws preventing domestic violence and has convicted 11 (eleven) people over the past year. Her attorney will be filling an appeal by June 7 to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), a three judge panel that will determine whether the judge today gave a proper judgment. This will take approximately one year and will most likely also fail But this will be followed by another appeal to the federal courts, which will take over another year to resolve. The bottom line: based on the law, it appears that her case was properly adjudicated despite the ridiculous arguments presented by the judge. She has at least another 2 years before being ordered removed from this country. Thank you to all those who stood with Dolores and Miriam today and to all of you who have expressed concern, prayed for her, and generally wished her well through this trying, frightening, and frustrating experience. Tonight they both seem relieved that this part of the ordeal is over.

Lory Ghertner

Rally in Solidarity with Dolores!

When: Tuesday May 8, 2018 08:00am-11:00am

Where: Batavia Federal Detention Center

We rally again to support Dolores! Her previous trial date at the Federal Detention Center was rescheduled last December for this May. We continue to stand in solidarity with Dolores and hope that at this trial date a request for asylum will be granted to her.
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After fleeing abuse in Mexico, Dolores settled in Wayne County with her young daughter as a single Mom more than 13 years ago. As a valued worker on an apple farm, a community leader of farmworker women, worker rights advocate and active Board member of two organizations, Dolores deserves to stay in Wayne County with her young daughter where she has made her home. She has represented farmworker women and testified at conferences in the US including at Harvard and Washington, DC, helps her fellow farmworkers in need, and contributes to her community. In 2014, when Dolores was stopped for a minor traffic violation, State Police turned her over to immigration authorities and she was placed in deportation proceedings.

Stand in solidarity with Dolores!
Keep families together! Stop deportations now!

Link to Facebook Event Here 

*Press Release* Local Immigrant Advocates Applaud Governor Cuomo Press Conference on ICE Raids, Call for More Support to Local Groups on the Frontlines

Local Immigrant Advocates Applaud Governor Cuomo Press Conference on ICE Raids–Call for More Support to Local Groups on the Frontlines  

CONTACT INFORMATION: Rebecca Fuentes, organizer with the WCCNY‭,  rfuentes@workerscentercny.org (315) 657-6799‬

Fabiola Ortiz Valdez, organizer with the New York Immigration Coalition, fortiz@nyic.org (718) 514-6265

April 25, 2018, Syracuse, NY – On April 18, 2018, organizers from the Workers’ Center of CNY received a frantic call from a dairy farmer, John Collins, stating that just minutes before he had witnessed an unlawful arrest of his employee, Marcial De Leon Aguilar. Mr. Collins recounted how at least seven officers dressed in civilian clothes came to his farm without a warrant and physically assaulted and arrested Mr. De Leon Aguilar in front of his small children, as well as assaulting Mr. Collins and destroying his property.

Today, Governor Cuomo held a press conference condemning the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid that took place in Rome, NY. We are thrilled that Governor Cuomo is ready to commit resources to fight the aggressions of ICE in upstate NY. Advocates and community members in Syracuse share the Governor’s outrage. We support the Governor in taking necessary steps to ensure that our immigrant communities are safe, such as his proposed executive order that bars ICE from entering NY State facilities without a warrant.

Peter Swords, a social worker and member of the Syracuse Peace Council states: “These actions send a message of affirmation to all that NY State continues its historic welcome of immigrants and refugees.  It particularly reassures families with children that they have some protection against arbitrary traumatic removal of their parents, and that families will feel safer about entering courts, schools, and hospitals, so they will keep their rights to self-determination in the important areas of housing, education and employment.”

We believe the Governor can even more effectively protect immigrant rights and public safety by reaching out to the local organizations who are documenting and responding first to these incidents for their policy and action suggestions. We urge all NYS Legislators and the Governor to support the campaign Green Light NY Driving Together to expand access to driver’s licenses, including to undocumented immigrants. In addition, these groups are highly under-resourced for their work. We strongly encourage targeting funding to these frontline grassroots organizations to ensure that immigrant needs are being met as effectively as possible.

Sheila Sicilia, a member of the Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network said: “The IRDN and the Workers’ Center, along with other community groups, have been fighting for human rights against the abuses of ICE and CBP.  We thank Governor Cuomo for recognizing and speaking out about this growing problem, and welcome him and the resources that he can provide.”

Kayla Kelechian, an organizer with the Workers’ Center of NY said in a statement: “The fear that plagues this community is reinforced by the use of illegal raids and physically aggressive tactics by ICE and the federal government. Both ICE and the Federal government under the Trump administration violated the rights of New Yorkers. In this case, citizenship did not matter–lawful citizens and immigrants are both affected. We must recognize the organizations and the resources they provide, regardless of their capacity, to advocate for the directly-affected, and the families who are left devastated. They continue to be our greatest asset in response to these difficult times.”

Local Immigrant Advocates Applaud Governor Cuomo Press Conference on ICE Raids

END Deportations NOW!

Please join the Syracuse Immigrant and Refugee Defense Network and the Workers’ Center of Central New York, to rally in support of immigrants facing detention and deportation. In less than 2 weeks we have responded in support of 3 immigrants who have been forcibly detained by ICE agents, often with the collaboration of local police departments, like Manlius Police department who stopped 1 man this week for an alleged seatbelt violation and 4 men this past February for snow covering their license plate. Meanwhile, Border Patrol arrested another man at the Regional Transportation Center while he was transferring to an NYC bound bus enroute to see his family, putting his health in jeopardy. This Wednesday, yet another father, a dairy worker, was brutally apprehended by ICE agents in front of 2 of his young children as they waited for school, without a warrant, and leaving his 2 young children unattended while their mother, who is 7 months pregnant, was away at a doctors appointment. Within that same time period, ICE agents conducted raids that resulted in the detention of 225 immigrants in NYC, Long Island and Hudson Valley.

Immigrants in upstate New York for years have faced incredible isolation and discrimination. In addition of facing discrimination at the workplace, they deal with the ever present Border Patrol in our communities. Border Patrol’s close relationship with local law enforcement and the lack of the ability to obtain a driver’s license forces them to break the law to be able to meet their basic needs. Despite this criminalization and constant risk they continue to be a vital part of our communities by playing a crucial role in the state’s diary industry, and being at the forefront of the fight for drivers’ licenses for all. Under the Trump administration, and with the current budget increasing detention dollars and money for border Patrol, the immigrants in our communities are being torn apart from our communities and their families.
#enddeportationsnow
#stopseparatingfamilies
#getBPoffthebus
#notonemore
#not1more
#dignitynotdeportation
#nohumanbeingisillegal

Link to Facebook event HERE

Mobilization to Batavia Detention Center

MOBILIZATION TO BATAVIA DETENTION CENTER
“We Will Not Be Caged, Immigrant Women Speak Out!”

Please join the WCCNY and New York Immigration Coalition on Wednesday, March 28th at 6:30 am at 2013 E Genesee st. Syracuse ,  as we depart  to Batavia Detention Center in Upstate New York. This request to mobilize is URGENT!

Our Upstate brothers and sisters NEED YOU to come with us to support one of our community members who is being targeted for deportation! Please join us to support Arely, a member of our upstate community and a mother of three U.S citizen kids. She was turned over to Border Patrol by the Troopers in 2013 because she and her husband did not have a licence when driving to Ithaca, NY. Despite checking in with ICE for years, recently ICE has changed her phone check in to in person and now her most recent check in scheduled for 9:00 AM on Wednesday, March 28th at Batavia Detention Center.

Please stand with us to protect this fierce advocate and community leader and demand that the detention & deportation machine stop ripping families, mothers and children apart!
What: Rally Outside Batavia Federal Detention Center
Who:  NYIC, Worker Justice Center, and Worker Center CNY
Why:
Bring together our members from across the state to support & Highlight Women & Mothers facing deportation in Upstate NY.
Support a member of the Worker Center of CNY whose check-in was moved from Syracuse to Batavia on that day.
Call attention to the expansion of Batavia to now detain Women.

More information on the Facebook event page

Free Hector! Vigil and Press Conference!!

Hector Navarro Miranda, the father of three US children and an outstanding member of our Syracuse community, was abruptly and unjustly detained by ICE (immigration and customs enforcement) only a few days before Christmas.

On Tuesday, February 20th 2018, his family, friends and allies will have a vigil and press conference to #Free Hector.
At 9:00 am family and supporters will accompany him for his scheduled court hearing.

Please join us in support of family reunification in solidarity with all immigrant families who are suffering this inhumane immigration system.

You can join the group of supporters who will be leaving at 6:00 am from the Center for Peace and Social Justice.
Address: 2013 East Genesee St. Syracuse NY 13210
Parking in the back of the building.

For more information please call: Rebecca Fuentes 315-657-6799

#FreeHector

Link to Facebook Event Here

Tell Schumer to stop selling out Immigrants!

When: Sunday February 4, 2018 2:30-3:30

Where: Workers’ Center 2013 E Genesee St

The WCCNY and the NYIC will host a phone bank to ask New York voters to tell Senator Charles Schumer to include a clean DREAM Act in the federal budget,and to fight back against Trump’s proposed immigration plan that gives 1.8 million DACA-eligible undocumented youths a path to citizenship in exchange for a border wall and eliminating diversity visas and family reunification program.

We will also give updates about our Free Hector Campaign

There will be food and Zapatista coffee!

See you there!

Link to Facebook Event

Solidarity and accompaniment for Arely and her family!

Please join us in solidarity with our immigrant families!
No more deportations! No human being is illegal.
Estamos con Arely y su Familia! We are with Arely and her Family!
Join us tomorrow, Wednesday January 31 at 9:30am in front of ICE Syracuse offices, 401 South Salina, NY for solidarity and accompaniment of our friend and member Arely Tomas. Her check-in with ICE is at 10am. We want her to feel the support of the community and to know that we stand in solidarity. Estamos con Arely y su familia! If you can please support the family with a donation here: https://www.youcaring.com/arelytomas-804962

Link to Facebook Event

Keep Telling Democrats that it’s time to FIGHT for Dreamers!!

In December, Senate Democrats passed up TWO big chances to use their leverage to pass a clean DREAM Act by withholding their votes on a pair of spending bills. Sen. Gillibrand stood strong and withheld her vote, but Sen. Schumer did not. (More details here.) In 2018, there are no more excuses. The next spending bill vote is January 19. Please call Sen. Schumer today and urge him to withhold his vote for the spending bill unless it includes a clean DREAM Act. Sen. Schumer is at 202-224-6542 or 315-423-5471.